People are now saying that President Goodluck Jonathan’s good intention might have ruined Nigeria’s participation at the FIFA world cup and caused the Eagle’s to lose against France.
Two days before the crucial game, the Eagles stars had refused to train until they where paid there their share of the $8m that FIFA would pay the Nigeria Football Federation.
Immediately, Jonathan in an attempt to save the country from further embarrassment ordered the sports minister, Tammy Danagogo to fly over $3.5m to the team’s camp and settle their demands.
The issue had also been strange for the NFF because FIFA was yet to pay the money, But the players feared that When FIFA pays they won’t get their share and wanted theirs in advance.
Vanguard reports that the Senate President, David Mark was the one who informed the President of the problem in the Team. Then Jonathan swiftly told Danagogo to take $3.5m and a private jet to the boys, the minister is said to have handed the money to the Big Boss Keshi, but Keshi told them to hand it over to the team secretary Enebi.
That where the problem started, Because the money had to be shared between the team on the eve of the match against France, The team argued about the sharing ratio till around 2.00 am on the match day.
A source close to the team said: “Did you notice that the players tired out in the dying minutes of the match and conceded two goals,”.
“There was no way they could have been strong when they were fighting over money and could not sleep well and prepare for the match against France,”the source said adding “the fight over money destroyed the team and unfortunately the President’s gesture backfired.”